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One huge last-minute addition to Lunacy's pre-launch punch list this year has been replacing the headsail furler. Near the end of last season I noticed that her old Profurl unit, which probably dates back to the early 1990s, was getting increasingly difficult to use. When rotating the drum, the action was stiff and felt very...
One of the boats I test-sailed after the Annapolis show last month was the new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409, which happens to be the first production sailboat equipped with Harken's new Radial Rewind winches. These electric winches, you may recall, can both reel in lines under load AND ease them without the user having to...
I've been padding around the big sailboat show here in Annapolis the last couple of days searching for cool boats and kit. Right at the top of my wanna-see gear list was Harken's new reversible winch, which is debuting here in the U.S. ahead of Selden's new reversible winch, due to be unveiled in Amsterdam...
Like any good lazybones cruiser, I surely do appreciate the ease and convenience of a push-button power furling system. Being able to wind up a big sail in a matter of seconds just by exercising a fingertip is enough to make any sailor feel like an all-powerful deity. But these systems also make me nervous....

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